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Sports digest: Second choice Örebro keeper scores last minute equalizer

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The Local's weekly look at the pitches, courts and floors of Sweden.

Football

Örebro's reserve goalkeeper justified his inclusion against Malmö on Sunday by popping up in the opposition penalty box to head a last minute equalizer.

"I didn't know what had happened. It was only afterwards I realized what I'd done.

"I think I blacked out straight after the goal.

"It was just fortunate that they didn't have any chances after the goal because I don't know what might have happened," Richardsson told Fotboll Direkt.

But the 1-1 scoreline was enough to push Malmö up to the top of the table with 12 points from seven games.

Hammarby missed out on the chance to move into pole position on Sunday, losing 1-0 away to Gefle.

With just two points separating the top seven teams, three of the teams in action on Monday evening - AIK, Halmstad and Kalmar - are poised to take over the top spot if results go their way.

Meanwhile in Holland, former Hammarby star Kennedy Bakircioglu has completed a move from Twente to Ajax. On Tuesday the 26-year-old Sweden signed a four year contract with the Amsterdam side.

Tennis

Sweden's top male tennis players travelled to Germany at the weekend for the opening of the World Team Cup championship in Dusseldorf.

Sweden's placement in the Red Group pits them against Argentina, USA and Chile.

In the group's opening tie, Sweden lost 2-1 to Argentina.

After the singles ended with one win each, the doubles match was decisive.

Robin Söderling gave Sweden a win with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Argentinian number one Juan Ignacio Chela, but the second match was a hard fought tie with former Swedish champion Jonas Björkman losing 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 to Jose Acasuso.

In the decisive third match, Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela and Agustin Calleri beat Sweden's Jonas Björkman and Thomas Johansson 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 with a tie-break deciding the outcome.

Floorball

Sweden's women have become the World Floorball Champions for the third time following victory over Finland in the final played in the Danish town of Frederikshavn on Saturday.

Three goals from Sara Kristoffersen spurred the Swedes on to a 7-3 win over their arch rivals.

It was not until the final five minutes that Sweden pulled away from the Finns in a keenly contested final.

"We feel like we are on the top of the world. It was extremely tight.

"That is great for women's floorball, but not for my stomach.

"We managed to stand the pressure against Finland, but it was hard because we lost against them on Wednesday," Sweden's head coach Jan-Erik Vaara told the tournament organizers after the match.

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